|Publication number||US7225950 B2|
|Application number||US 10/813,985|
|Publication date||Jun 5, 2007|
|Filing date||Mar 31, 2004|
|Priority date||May 10, 2002|
|Also published as||US20040182886|
|Publication number||10813985, 813985, US 7225950 B2, US 7225950B2, US-B2-7225950, US7225950 B2, US7225950B2|
|Inventors||William D. McKay|
|Original Assignee||The Hartz Mountain Corporation|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (34), Referenced by (7), Classifications (14), Legal Events (7)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This application is a continuation-in-part of application Ser. No. 10/329,717, filed Dec. 26, 2002 now U.S. Pat. No. 7,039,982, which claims the benefit of the priority filing date of U.S. Provisional Application Ser. No. 60/426,589, filed Nov. 15, 2002, and which is also a continuation-in-part of U.S. application Ser. No. 10/302,038, filed Nov. 22, 2002 now U.S. Pat. No. 6,763,977, which is a continuation-in-part of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 10/143,396, filed May 10, 2002, now U.S. Pat. No. 6,698,626, the contents of all of which are incorporated herein in their entirety.
The present invention relates to cleaning apparatus for removing debris or dirt from surfaces and, more particularly, to lint roller assemblies.
There are many previously known lint roller assemblies. These previously known lint roller assemblies typically comprise a handle secured to a cylindrical lint roller support. A tubular cylindrical adhesive lint roller is then removably mounted to the support such that the adhesive roller is rotatable relative to the handle. In use, the adhesive lint roller is rolled along a surface to remove unsightly particles, lint, pet hair, etc.
The previously known lint roller assemblies have used a number of different options to rotatably secure the lint roller support to the handle. For example, in U.S. Pat. No. 4,361,923, the lint roller support and handle are separately constructed and then rotatably secured together. One disadvantage of this type of previously known lint roller assembly, however, is that the rotatably connection between the handle and lint roller support is subject to mechanical failure. Another drawback is that a directional lint fabric cannot be attached to the rotatable support section and still be operable. It rotates with the support and is not stationary to provide for brushing motion.
A further disadvantage to this type of assembly is that both the lint roller support and the handle are separately molded from plastic and then assembled together requiring two separate molds, one for each part.
Still other types of lint roller assemblies, such as that disclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 6,055,695, the lint roller handle includes a pair of elongated housing parts, which are substantially identical to each other. A disadvantage to this type of assembly is that each housing part must be snapped exactly into the other perfectly registering using pins and sockets. A further disadvantage is that the handle section being integral to the support section is manufactured with rigid plastic material and uncomfortable to grip and does not provide for a customized plastic decorative top or hanger.
Still other types of previously known lint roller assemblies, such as that disclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 4,5577,0111, utilize a unitary lint roller handle and lint roller support. These previously known lint roller assemblies, however, require a complex and, therefore, expensive mold design in order to mold the lint roller handle and support. Furthermore, a relatively large frictional engagement between the lint roller and the lint roller support often times interferes with the desired free rotation of the lint roller about the lint roller support.
The present invention is a cleaning apparatus which addresses the abovementioned disadvantages of the previously known art.
In many cleaning situations, the removal of dirt or debris can be made more efficient by the application of a liquid cleaner to the surface being cleaned. Aerosol or pump containers are widely employed to dispense cleaning fluid in a spray onto a surface to be cleaned.
Thus, it would be desirable to provide the cleaning ability of an adhesive lint roller with the cleaning ability of a liquid spray for enhanced cleaning capability.
In one aspect of the invention, a lint roller/fluid dispenser apparatus includes a container containing a fluid dispensable from the container, a lint roll having an adhesive outer surface, and means for mounting the lint roll on the container.
The mounting means may be a hollow support, having an inner bore open from one end. The bore has a diameter for slidably receiving one end portion of the container therein. One end of the container projects outwardly from the support, after the container is mounted in the support, to act as a handle for use of the lint roll.
Means are also provided for rotatably mounting the lint roll on the support. In one aspect, the rotatable mounting means is a pair of spaced bearing surfaces formed on the support, the lint roll rotatably mounted on the bearing surfaces.
In another aspect, the mounting means includes a first collar mountable on the container at an intermediate position spaced from one end of the container, and at least one projection carried on the end of the container and spaced from the first collar. The lint roll is mounted between the projection and the first collar over the container.
In another aspect, the mounting means is a spindle having opposed first and second end collars, and at least one of the first and second end collars having a through aperture for mounting of the spindle over a portion of the container.
In another aspect, the mounting means includes a tubular support, means, carried on the support, for rotatably mounting the lint roll on the support, and means, carried on the support, for releasibly mounting one end of the support to the container.
In another aspect, a cap is mountable over a discharge end of the container, and means, carried on the cap, are provided for supporting the lint roll on the cap.
The supporting means may be a pair of spaced arms carried on the cap, the lint roll rotatably disposed between the pair of arms.
In another aspect, a discharge nozzle is carried on one end of the container. The mounting means includes a support mounted on one end of the container. A pair of arms projecting from the support and rotatably carrying the lint roll therebetween. An aperture is formed in the support adjacent to the discharge nozzle to allow dispensing of the contents of the container through the discharge nozzle and the support.
The unique lint roll/fluid dispensable container apparatus of the present invention uniquely combines an adhesive faced lint roll with a dispensable fluid container to enable a dispensable fluid, such as a cleaning fluid, to be dispensed over a surface to be cleaned prior to or at the same time that the outer adhesive surface of the lint roll is being moved across the surface to enhance the cleaning and removal of dirt, debris and hair from the surface. The invention utilizes a plurality of different unique support means for rotatably mounting the lint roll on the container or on a cap releasably mountable over the discharge outlet or nozzle of the container. Substantially of these supports do not require modification to existing container designs.
The various features, advantages and other uses of the present invention will become more apparent by referring to the following detailed description and drawing in which:
Referring now to
A tape roll 12 may be any commercially available tape roll having outwardly facing adhesive sheets or strips, generally arranged in a plurality of sheets wound in a roll wherein the outermost sheets are peelable from the roll, one at a time, along perforated edges of each sheet. The tape roll 12 is mounted on a support 14 in the form of a plastic or other suitable material, cylindrically shaped tubular member having an enlarged flange 16 at one end and one or more projections 18 at a second end. The support 14 is hollow and has an inner diameter sized to snugly, but releasibly received an aerosol or pump spray can 20 having a complementary outer diameter.
The support 14 is formed with first and second bearing surfaces 22 and 24, at opposite ends which rotatably support a lint roll 12. Further, a directional fabric 26 may be mounted between the bearing surfaces 22 and 24 on the cylindrical portion of the support 14.
As shown in
It can be seen in
In a modification shown in
The lint roll 12 is forced over the projections 48 and onto the first and second collars 42 and 46 wherein it is capable of rotation. The enlarged diameter end 44 and the projections 48 axially trap the lint roll 12 on the support 40.
An aperture 52 is formed in the flange 44 and is sized to snugly receive the outer diameter of the can 20. One end of the can 20 extends outwardly from the flange 44 after the can 20 has been fully inserted into the support 40, in much the same manner as shown in
Referring now to
The collar 64 has an open ended recess which is releasibly engagable via a snap-on fit with a flange 68 formed at one end of the aerosol can 20 immediately adjacent the nozzle 30. In this manner, the support 60 may be snapped onto the aerosol can 20 for use of the lint roll 12. When it is desired to dispense the contents of the can 20 through the nozzle 30, the support 60 is removed from the aerosol can 20.
Referring now to
The lint roll 12 is supported by a pair of arms 84 which are attached to or integrally molded on the cap 80. The arms 84 project upwardly and laterally from the top surface of the cap 80. A hinge or spindle assembly 86 is mountable between the arms 84 for rotatably supporting the lint roll 12.
This configuration enables the lint roll 12 to be employed in a normal manner to remove lint, dust and hair from an article or human. At the same time, the cap 80 which carries the lint roll 12 may be disengaged from the container 82 to enable the contents of the container 82 to be dispensed through a discharge nozzle mounted on one end, not shown, from the container 82.
In the aspect shown in
The aspect shown in
The aspect of the invention shown in
The supports 14, 17, 19, 40 and 60 described above for the tape roll 12 could also be attached to or mounted on a cylindrical cap, such as caps 80 or 90.
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|U.S. Classification||222/192, 15/230.11, 15/104.002, 15/105|
|International Classification||B67D1/07, A47L25/00, B05B11/00, B65D83/14, A46B11/02|
|Cooperative Classification||B65D83/285, B05B11/30, A47L25/005|
|European Classification||B65D83/28B, A47L25/00A|
|Oct 15, 2004||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: RAPID BRANDS CORPORATION, MICHIGAN
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:MCKAY, WILLIAM D.;REEL/FRAME:015889/0113
Effective date: 20040930
Owner name: RAPID BRANDS CORPORATION, MICHIGAN
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:MCKAY, WILLIAM D.;REEL/FRAME:015250/0072
Effective date: 20040930
|Feb 4, 2005||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: HARTZ MOUNTAIN CORPORATION, THE, NEW JERSEY
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:RAPID BRENDS CORPORATION;REEL/FRAME:015661/0189
Effective date: 20050119
|Jan 23, 2006||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: THE HARTZ MOUNTAIN CORPORATION, NEW JERSEY
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:RAPID BRANDS CORPORATION;REEL/FRAME:017507/0714
Effective date: 20050119
|Jul 13, 2010||FPAY||Fee payment|
Year of fee payment: 4
|Jan 16, 2015||REMI||Maintenance fee reminder mailed|
|Jun 5, 2015||LAPS||Lapse for failure to pay maintenance fees|
|Jul 28, 2015||FP||Expired due to failure to pay maintenance fee|
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